Top Off Tuesday: Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayres

Posted 5 August, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Top Off Tuesday | 32 Comments

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Come on, girls! (and guys. You’re welcome, too!) Come play with us on Top Off Tuesday! Hosted by On a Book Bender, Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog, and Smitten with Reading, Top Off Tuesday features some of the best topless covers out there (and some pretty darned hilarious ones, too).

All that plus a gun. And a dog. And a tattoo!

Top Off Tuesday: Irresistible Force by D.D. AyresIrresistible Force by D. D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue #1
Published by Macmillan on August 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 320
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When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire…

For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?

I’ll admit, I wavered between 2 1/2 and 3 stars for this book. There was too much abuse (a combination of hitting, rape, near-rape, molestation, mental abuse — all heaped on the main character) for my comfort. I understand having a horrible event(s) in your past and even in your present but the hits just kept coming for this poor girl. She never got a chance to get herself fully on her feet before she gets knocked down again by an abusive ex-boyfriend, cop who jumps to conclusions, other cops who laugh off her calls, multiple terrible childhood experiences that color not only how she deals with things but how people deal with her (seriously, there’s a scene that haunts her from high school that would *never* have happened. Ever. And, if by some chance it did, those kids would have been up for expulsion. Come on now.).

Still, I loved the dog. Prince/Bogart was such a smart pup and reminds me why I love and appreciate service dogs. He saved the entire book from being too dark and depressing. His interactions with his people were priceless and added a spot of humor. I’m also interested in this series as a whole, as it focuses on highly trained service dogs — is the author going to branch out from police dogs or is she going to stick with K-9s? (I’m curious because I’ve always thought this type of hero/cop would make a great series.)

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32 Responses to “Top Off Tuesday: Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayres”

  1. Wow. The heroine in this one certainly does take a number of beatings doesn’t she? I’m with you, I get put off when every terrible thing imaginable is heaped onto a single character when just one of those things would be more than traumatizing enough to have us feeling protective of them. Love the dog though, I would read this just for him:)

    Also, I’m a fan of this cover. *pets it*
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  2. I love your Top Off Tuesday posts, Mary! Sometime I need to participate through my adult blog. Or I guess I could do it on The Readers Den too. I have reviewed Jaci Burton’s first two books in her Hope series. The first book didn’t have a topless male but you could see the six pack through the tank top. The second book definitely could qualify for a TOT. The third book is shows only partial abs. What’s up with that?!

    Anyhow, onto your TOT. The cover looks scrumptious and fun, but the insides don’t match! All that abuse would make it a difficult read for me, too. I have a special love for service animals as well, so I hope the next one continues with the theme and turns out better. Wonderful TOT! 🙂
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  3. I see this guy’s gun is placed strategically, hee hee.

    That poor girl, though! Sounds like she can’t catch a break. I think I’d have a hard time dealing with thing after thing after thing happening to one character all the time, though.
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  4. I’m going to skip this one, b/c I share your opinion about too much trauma being . . . too much trauma. I’m even worse on things like that than other people with similar views, b/c I read for escape and HEAs and I reach my threshold for recovery pretty dang quick. But thanks for sharing, and that cover is HOT. I love Tuesdays 😉
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